Geoffrey York
A woman gets a shot of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at the Universidad Publica de El Alto, during a vaccination drive for people over age 60 in El Alto, Bolivia, on May 6, 2021.  JUAN KARITA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MAY 11, 2021

Canadian company wins COVID-19 vaccine deal with Bolivia – and WTO support

A top official of the World Trade Organization says he welcomes a landmark decision by the Bolivian government to seek a compulsory licence for a Canadian company to produce and export COVID-19 vaccines without the permission of the patent holder.

Socialist Project
Azadeh Reisdana and Sam Gindin

Editor: This is an interesting interview on the subject of how democratic socialism might be advanced.

May 2, 2021

Azadeh Reisdana interviews Sam Gindin on the recent growth of democratic socialism in developing countries and as an ideology which attracts a new younger generation of socialists. They also discuss the expansion of democratic socialism to not only a political theory but also as an economic application. This was recorded online during the Covid lockdown, March 2021.

Barry Saxifrage
Despite numerous climate summits, the CO2 in our atmosphere continues to climb. Photo by Andrea Booher/FEMA/Wikimedia Commons

April 26th 2021

“Whatever our world leaders are 'doing' to reduce emissions, they are doing it wrong … Our political leaders have failed us … We have to understand what the older generation has dealt to us, what mess they have created that we have to clean up and live with.” — Greta Thunberg

The primary force overheating our planet, destabilizing our climate, and acidifying our oceans is the CO2 humans are dumping into the atmosphere.

Alex James

Though set in the UK, the article below applies equally to other countries, where the illusion that we can  "persuade" elected champions of corporate profiteering to support progressive causes is a self-defeating diversion from our real task. As stated in the article, this is "the building of alternative institutions of collective power and decision making, outside of the state." With most politicians it's not a question of not comprehending reality or of worrying that more radical policies will alienate middle-of-the-road voters.

Stephen Maher and Scott Aquanno
Cartoon New Finance Capital
If the analysis in this article is accurate, the chances of winning even temporary reforms of capitalism are becoming smaller and smaller. This, along with the cascading crises caused by pandemics and environmental disruption, highlights the increasing urgency of completely replacing capitalism with democratic social and economic planning.  
       - Gene McGuckin

April 16, 2021

Chris Hatch
Chris Hatch - In a weekly climate newsletter, climate correspondent Chris Hatch sorts through the kaleidoscope of news, ideas, politics and culture to figure out what's working in the race against climate change.
April 16th, 2021

Bending the curve?

It was a big week. The Conservatives’ long-awaited climate plan is getting a lot of attention. But most Canadians probably didn’t notice that it was also report card week.


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